Dr. Katie Fiorella, an Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University jointly hosted by our group and Chris Barrett’s, is completing her post-doc and moving into a new role. She will join the faculty in Population Medicine and in Cornell’s new Masters in Public Health program as the lead in the food systems and health concentration. Katie’s postdoctoral fellowship included a collaboration with WorldFish Cambodia on the role of animal source foods. This work examines the nutritional and biodiversity benefits of a new management strategy in rice field fisheries called Community Fish Refuges. Community Fish Refuges are managed, protected areas that allow community members to create a new source population of fish to support food and livelihoods in inland Cambodia. Stay tuned for upcoming publications from this work!
Katie’s ongoing work around Lake Victoria in Kenya has resulted in exciting and novel findings. In a study published in PNAS, Katie and co-authors found that illness in fishermen alters the sustainability of fishing behavior. Read the article here and learn more about this work in a radio interview and other media coverage.